Proper Discernment

Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
Job 6:30
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Proper Discernment
Job’s friends tried to help by offering advice as to how he could remedy his situation.  The advice was off base, but it seemed to be coming from a genuine place of concern for Job’s welfare.  And Job does what we so often do in these situations.  We lash out at those trying to help. We get angry because we feel they can’t possibly understand what we are going through.  And of course, this is true.  We should not expect that others will understand our pain and suffering when they have not been through it themselves.  Yet we should still not turn on them.  Friendships are important and God often uses those in our lives to help us.  Even when they are misguided in their approach or advice, we still value our friendship with them, because they are just like us, in that they are sinners in need of a Savior.  If their advice is not perfect, well, that is because they are not perfect.  Which is also why the most important relationship one can have in their life is with Christ. For He can sympathize with your pain and suffering because He has gone through it.  On the cross Jesus suffered for you so that in your times of trial and tribulation you may know you are not alone and you are forgiven.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. (Isaiah 63:9)
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